Our Graduate Students

Below is a list of graduate students from Asia or researching Asian topics at Boston University. If you would like to be added or removed from the list, or if you would like to update your bio, please contact us.

John Forrestal, MA student, Musicology and Ethnomusicology

John’s research deals primarily with the musical repertory of themusical ensemble accompanying muai Thai, a martial art from Thailand. Hisresearch deals with the oral transmission, history, and [contemporary]performance practice of the klong khaek ensemble (the bpìi chawaa oboe,klong khaki drums, and ching hand cymbals). He is also interested in the roles that dance, ritual, and religion playinto muai Thai, as well as issues such as globalization, nationalism, andthe construction of cultural histories. Lastly, he is interested in thetransmission of information between Thailand and the United States­­inparticular, how muai Thai is perceived and translated in the States (orin Thailand), and the pedagogical concerns that such transmissions implicate.

Torrey Ah-Tye, MA candidate, International Relations, Global Development Policy Program

I have been a Peace Corps Volunteer in China for the past two years, and have gotten to see a lot of Asia. My second language (required for the degree) will be Mandarin Chinese, and I hope to do my research on international health (my concentration), on some of the Chinese minorities, particularly the Uigher population in Xinjiang province. I’m finding India to be fascinating as well though, so I might look to incorporate other countries in the region into my research. It’s obviously quite early in my degree cycle and I’m still open to other ideas.

Deniz Bulut, PhD candidate, Political Science

Deniz has received her B.A. in Political science and public administration from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. She has worked as a teaching fellow for various political science, international relations and political thought courses. Her research interests include contemporary political theory, Turkish politics and politics of European Union. She has recently passed her qualifying examinations and is currently working on her dissertation proposal.

Chien-Kai Chen, PhD candidate, Political Science

The dissertation I am working on concerns China-Taiwan relations. More specifically, I am trying to answer the question of whether and how the economic ties across the Taiwan Strait affect China-Taiwan relations. Focusing on the period from 1990 to 2008, I argue that there is a positive relationship between the so called cross-strait economic ties and China-Taiwan relations, and most importantly, it is “Taiwan’s domestic politics” serving as an intervening variable that links the former to the latter. Beyond my dissertation, I am also interested in such topics as the rise of China, China’s foreign policy, and the comparative political economy as well as the political development of Northeast Asian countries.

Jeff Chieh-fu Cheng, PhD candidate, Archaeology

Historical Archaeology of Japanese Colonial sites in Taiwan.

Sijin Cheng, PhD candidate, Political Science

Sijin Cheng received her BA from the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, China in 1996. She is a China analyst at Eurasia Group and a member of the Asia Practice. She is currently working on her dissertation which studies the role of China’s concern with its reputation in its deterrence behavior since 1949.

Andrea Chiovenda, PhD candidate, Anthropology

Andrea Chiovenda’s areas of interest are the Middle East and Muslim South Asia. His main subjects of research revolve around political and legal anthropology: tribal social dynamics, tribe-state relations in post-colonial settings, conflicting legal systems and traditions, formation and transformation of leadership roles, inter-group conflicts (aggression, domination, prejudice, stereotypes). He will focus on the Pakhtun populations of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Andrea received an MA in ancient history from the University of Rome, Italy. He then served for several years as an Army officer and then a freelance journalist, working extensively in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. In 2009 he earned an MA in security studies from Georgetown University.

Kelly DeAngelis, MA candidate, International Relations

Kelly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History  and minors in International Relations and Asian Studies from the University of Rhode Island.  She was a 2012 Graduate Summer Fellow at BU’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, researching water quality in the megacity of Shanghai, China.  Kelly has been studying Mandarin Chinese for four years, and is interested in China’s response to international energy and environmental issues.

Kelly Kunyang Fang, PhD candidate, Archaeology

Cultural Heritage Management in China

Carol Ferrara, PhD candidate, Anthropology

Carol Ferrara is focusing her studies on Islam in secular societies, particularly in France and Turkey. More specifically, she is interested in Muslim youth in secular societies; their education (religious and secular), their identity, their religious sentiments, and their relationships with their families, their peers and the state. Her Master’s research included a quantitative and qualitative study of education about religion (or lack thereof) in public and private high schools in Paris, France and its correlation with student religious tolerance and understanding.

Carol holds a dual MA in Middle East & Islamic Studies and International Affairs from the American University in Paris and a BS in International Business from the Rochester Institute of Technology

Jennifer Fitzgerald PhD candidate, Archaeology

Cultural heritage management in China.

Matthew Flynn, PhD candidate, Archaeology

Matthew focuses on terminal neolithic to early bronze age Chinese archaeology. Polities during those early time periods developed technologies and rituals that would later help define the Chinese dynastic system. While there is debate as to the existence of the first listed dynasty, there are several early polities that can be thought of as incipient state-hoods and are chronologically fitting for a “first dynasty”. Matt’s hope is to develop a method of tracking the harvest and trade of bronze material resources in order to build a map of economic influence between those polities.

En-Ping Fu, PhD candidate, Political Science

Considering himself a perpetual student of modern world history, FU En-Ping entered the program in 2008, carrying with him special interests in international relations and comparative patterns of modernization/development with a regional focus on the Asia-Pacific.

Before coming to Boston, En-Ping took an internship at the United Nations in the capacity of adviser to the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nauru, while working towards his M.A. in East Asian Studies at St. John’s University in New York. He received his B.A. from Fu Jen University in his native country, Taiwan, majoring in Japanese language and literature. He is determined to dedicate his future career to international education and the promotion of cross-national understanding.

Brad Fugate, PhD candidate, Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, College of Fine Arts

Brad’s research focuses mainly on the male falsetto voice and culture.  More specifically, he is interested in the onnagata/oyama tradition in traditional Japanese kabuki and the burgeoning countertenor contingency, both of which utilize the falsetto voice and exist simultaneously in a concentrated and highly gendered culture.  Brad also is interested in studying how the falsetto is discursively situated in culture.  Brad has a DMA in voice performance from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, teaches singing at Brown University, and sings both baritone and alto with the Church of the Advent Choir (Beacon Hill, Boston) and New England Light Opera.

Zhengdong GuoPhD candidate, Archaeology

Analysis of architectural ceramics in early 1st. Mill AD China.

Peng Huang PhD candidate, Economics

Peng’s current research is focusing on the pension reform in China from the perspective of investment and financial innovations. Also he will study how a simultaneous movement to privatize state-owned enterprises may have implications related to China’s pension reform as well as the global economy.

Jajang Jahroni, PhD candidate, Anthropology

Jajang Jahroni’s research interests focus on Islamic education, specifically issues related to pesantren (Islamic boarding schools), madrasah (Islamic schools), state-schooling, and the transmission of knowledge. His dissertation research, taking place in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, will deal with the issues of how Indonesian students seek knowledge in Saudi Arabia: how they negotiate with the state—which officially holds a rigid interpretation of Islamic teaching—and what kind of Islam they eventually bring home when they finish their studies.

Jajang has worked on Islamic education since 2000. He has visited many pesantren and interviewed many kyai (Muslim scholars) in Indonesia. Since 1998, he has taught at State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta and worked at the Center for the Study of Islam and Society Jakarta. He is particularly interested in the intellectual connections between Indonesia and the Middle East.

Anshul Jain PhD candidate, Political Science

Anshul’s dissertation, Open Networks and Scattered Peoples, concentrates on the role of new media in the participation of subgroups of the Indian diaspora in the political life of their home country. Other ongoing projects include: “New Media and Civil Society in Iran”—a study of how the evolution of smaller media formats have impacted the contours of civil society, state control and opposition activism in Iran since the 1960s; “Post-Presidential Activism”—an examination of the role of former U.S. Presidents in articulating foreign policy positions and objectives; “Retroactive Rehabilitation”—an inquiry into the incidence of enhanced reputations enjoyed by formerly reviled autocrats in unstable states across conflict-ridden regions of the world; and, “Interdisciplinary Security Coordination”—a study centering on emerging security issues (environmental conditions, climate change, food and water resources and disease epidemiology) and their roles in national security planning.

Ji Soo Jeon, PhD candidate, Political Science

Ji Soo Jeon received her M.S. in Public Policy and Management from the H. John III Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University in 2011, with a focus on policy analysis; and received her B.S. in Policy and Management with a minor in Professional Writing also from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. During her master study, she published a paper titled “The Rapid Industrialization of Seoul City and its Implications,” in The Heinz Journal, wrote papers on China-North Korea relations and the implications on Chinese Property Rights Law, and produced policy memos on public poilcy issues ranging from education poilcy, human rights issues, health care, and ethics in public policy. She served as a research assistant at the Social Sciences Department at Carnegie Mellon, focusing on behavioral and decision research. Her current areas of interest include comparative politics and political economy, with a regional focus on East Asia (Korea, China, Japan, and Taiwan). Some potential topics include: interplay of policy and politics in East Asia, contemporary China’s foreign affairs, and Korean political economy. She is also interested in behavioral economics and sociology, understanding peoples’ behaviors and decision making process, and how they shape the world as we see today.

Veronica Joseph, PhD candidate, Archaeology

Bioarchaeological studies of Xiongnu and other populations, Mongolia and north China.

Ippel Kamae, PhD candidate, Political Science

Ippei Kamae received his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. From 2001 to 2004 Ippei served as an intern in the office of Mr. Shinzo Abe, current Prime Minister of Japan and Member of the Japanese House of Representatives. He also worked as an assistant researcher, from 2002 to 2004, in the social science division of the Japan’s Independent Institute Co., Ltd., a Tokyo-based think tank that advises Japanese ministries, agencies, and private firms on national security, regional analyses, and civil defense issues.

Ippei entered the Ph.D. program at Boston University in September 2004 and completed his coursework as a fellow of the Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO, former Japan Scholarship Foundation) with the Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Grant from 2004 until 2007.

Ippei finished his qualifying examination in February 2007, and is currently working on his dissertation while he serves as a researcher at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University. His area of specialization is Asia-Pacific international relations, Japanese diplomacy, and the nuclear proliferation in East Asia.

De-Yuan Kao, PhD candidate, Political Science

De-Yuan Kao entered the program in Fall 2006. His research interests include U.S.foreign policy, U.S.-China-Taiwan relations, and international regimes. His dissertation applies enduring rivalry theory to analyze the cross-Strait relations. He was in the Institute of European and American Studies at the Academia Sinica in Taipei as a visiting fellow during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Koller, Jared PhD candidate, Archaeology

Historical archaeology in Southeast Asia; Islamic-western colonial interfaces.

Hill Krishnan, PhD candidate, Political Science

Hill Krishnan’s research interests focus on international security, science and technology in international relations, and nuclear non-proliferation. His current PhD dissertation, tentatively titled “American Amygdala: America’s Addiction to Airplanes, Atomic Weapons and Automatons,” focuses on the “diminishing marginal returns” of American military technology in the current era of asymmetrical warfare. Hill teaches “International Relations in the Post WW II Era” at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University, along with three additional new courses. He has also taught calculus courses for undergraduates at Baruch College, as well as an undergraduate humanities core course at New York University called “Ideas and Texts.” After receiving his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering in 2001 from Anna University in India, Hill moved to the U.S. and graduated with a Masters in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from New York University in 2004. He subsequently earned a Masters in Global Affairs in 2009 from New York University. Hill is also an entertainer who has performed dancing, acting and standup comedy all his life on stage, TV commercials, and movies.

Hae Won Lee, PhD candidate, Political Science

Hae Won Lee received her MA in Political Science from Sookmyung Women’s University in 2005 and her BA in Political Science from Sookmyung Women’s University in 2003. She is interested in studying the political economy of regional integration processes, specifically in Europe and East Asia.

Huwy-min (Lucia) Liu, PhD candidate, Anthropology

Lucia Huwy-min Liu’s dissertation explores, both historically and ethnographically, changing modes of governance and subject formation in China through an in depth study of the Shanghai funeral industry in the 20th and 21st centuries. Liu’s research contributes to our understanding of the emergence of contemporary funeral rituals in urban China, the vicissitudes of state campaigns to promote cremation and other funeral reform projects, and the direction and mechanisms for ongoing ritual change and revival in the present. She melds together attention to both the rituals themselves as well as the personal and structural relationships among the bereaved, the private funeral agents, the state funeral parlors, and state funeral policy makers. Her research is focused at the intersection of interests in urban Chinese modernities, China’s partial experiments at privatization of state industries, the fluid, often ambiguous positions of (non-) governmental organizations, and the formation, enactment, and contestation of different ideas of citizen and selfhood in Shanghai’s modernist funeral rituals.

Liu’s earlier M.Phil. research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong also focused on another intersection between modernity, capitalism, and identity by exploring the socio-cultural factors that underlie and parallel the recent dramatic increase in betel nut consumption in Taiwan. Her writings based on this fieldwork detail how performances of masculinity, Taiwan’s specific contestations over ethnicity, and the emergence of a working-class culture all intertwine and are implicated in this rise.

Grant Marlier, PhD candidate, Political Science

Grant Marlier is writing his dissertation on the evolution of use of force norms within the UN Security Council. His primary field of interest is international relations, but he also studies comparative politics and US foreign policy.

Grant obtained a BA in Political Science, with a focus in International Relations, from Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, Grant published a paper entitled “Insecurity, Scarcity, and Violence,” in The Journal of Politics & International Affairs (2007). He also wrote, with co-author De Yuan Kao, “The Evolution of China’s Normative Position on the of Use of Force,” a chapter in The EU, the US and China: Towards the New International Order?, EE Publishing, (forthcoming).

In 2011, Grant presented a paper, “And Then Came Libya: The Chinese Perspective on the Use of Force,” at a College of Europe conference in Bruges, Belgium. Grant also presented a paper, “Why We Intervene: The Evolution of Use of Force Norms within the UN Security Council,” at the 2012 MPSA conference.

Grant lives with his wife and their two children in New York City, and often bikes to the UN to use their libraries. Menachem, Rafi MBA/MA candidate, International Relations Rafi is pursuing a joint MBA/MA in international affairs with a concentration in Asian Studies. He is preparing a thesis on South East Asian social enterprises and the agribusiness supply chain.

M. Chloe Mulderig, PhD candidate, Anthropology

M. Chloe Mulderig is focused on the anthropology of politics and religion, with emphasis on the Islamic world. Trained in both anthropology and political science, she explores connections between state organization and operation, civil societies, religious beliefs, public violence, and democracy in the Middle East. She has conducted fieldwork throughout Morocco, particularly in the city of Fes, and continues to work there on issues of Islamic politics and political mobilization. Her dissertation will focus on the Parti du Justice et du Development (PJD), the Islamist pro-democracy party operating in Morocco.

Chloe holds an MA in Near Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (Univ. of London) and a BA in Anthropology and Middle East Studies from Dartmouth.

Mentor Mustafa, PhD candidate, Anthropology

Mentor Mustafa’s research is focused on the Bektashi Order of Dervishes, a Sufi order of ancient lineage. They were the most important Sufi group during the Ottoman period, and had a special relationship to the military (Janissaries), but since then have suffered many shifts in fortune. Most recently, they were almost eliminated during Albania’s Communist regime, but have experienced a remarkable resurgence in the last decade. The Bektashi have a centralized system based on a hierarchical structuring of spiritual knowledge. The central figure, the Dede, is at the heart of this system, but spiritual authorities have considerable autonomy over local affairs and their disciples. The relatively loose structure is coupled with a high degree of syncretism and religious tolerance. Mentor has developed extremely good connections with the order, staying in their lodges, including the central lodge where the Dede resides and partaking in the Bektashi ritual cycle. Mentor’s research looks to fill a gap in our knowledge of this esoteric Sufi group, but it will also help to understand cultural survival under extremely adverse conditions, and the manner in which religious revivalism is taking place in a post-communist setting. The Bektashi offer a contemporary example of a tolerant Islam, a far outcry from monolithic perspectives on Islam and Muslim communities.

Mentor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeological Sciences from Boston University, a Master of Education from Salem State University, and Master of Arts in Anthropology from University of Arizona.

Naoko Nakagawa, PhD candidate, Anthropology

Naoko Nakagawa’s research concerns a move towards the alternative, pesticide-free agricultural practices in Thailand—a timely issue as consciousness of the global importance of food safety, sustainability, and social justice rises, especially in the European and North American context. Deriving from the long-term fieldwork in northern Thailand, her research explores the challenges and motivations small-scale farmers in the Third World experience, how the global standards meet the local contexts, and implications for the global agri-food issues.

Aki Nakai, PhD candidate, Political Science

Aki Nakai received his BA in Political Science from Waseda University and his MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He entered the program in Fall 2008 and passed the PhD qualifying exams in April 2010. He is interested in International Relations, especially focusing on the international security issues and foreign relations in the Asia-Pacific. He is currently doing the research on the dissolution of security alliances, the Japanese foreign and security policy, and the U.S.-Japan-PRC trilateral relations. Nakai was recently accepted to the Asiatic Research Institute (ARI) Fellowship Program for Northeast Asian Studies at Korea University, where he plans to research the U.S.-ROK Alliance case in his dissertation.

Shimo Oh, MA candidate, International Relations
Erzen Oncel, PhD candidate, Political Science

Erzen Oncel is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at Boston University. She received her BA degrees in History and International Relations & Political Science from Bogazici University, Istanbul. Her major field of study is Comparative Politics with a special interest in political elite, descriptive representation, and ethnic politics in the Middle East. Her dissertation examines the political, structural, and cultural factors underpinning the descriptive representation of ethnic groups among political elites across polities around the world. As a case study, she studies change in ethnic (particularly Kurdish) representation in Turkey since 1920.

Hanna Park, PhD candidate, Political Science

Hanna Park received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from University of Washington in Seattle, and her Master’s degree in International Relations from Boston University. Previously, Hanna worked at the Ministry of Environment Republic of Korea as a translator. She also worked at the Canadian Embassy Seoul as a Trade Commissioner Assistant. Her research interests include civil society in East Asia, international law, labor politics, and US-Asia Pacific relations.

June Park, Fulbright Fellow and PhD candidate, Political Science

June Park studies international political economy with a focus on the export-oriented economies of Northeast Asia (China, Japan, and South Korea). Her PhD dissertation is titled, ‘China, Japan and Korea’s Encounter with the U.S. Trade Deficit Challenge, 1973-2013: Bilateral Trade Imbalances, Protectionism, and Currency Wars’. For her dissertation, she started on-site field research as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo (2010-2011) and as a Visiting Scholar at the Policy Research Institute at the Ministry of Finance, Japan (2011). She continued her fieldwork as a Senior Visiting Research Student at the School of International Studies at Peking University, Beijing, China (2011-2012) and also conducted additional fieldwork in the government agencies in Seoul, South Korea (2012). She has written on topics including: Trade Protectionism and WTO Dispute Settlement; Capital Flows and FDI in Emerging Market Economies; Economic Development and Reforms; Financial Crises and Management; Political Economy of China, Japan and Korea.

Ilaria Patania, PhD candidate, Archaeology

Late Paleolithic to early Neolithic transition in China; geoarchaeology.

Soma Roy, PhD candidate, Anthropology

Soma Roy enters the doctoral program with a research interest in Turkey. Soma holds a BA in linguistics and psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

Joo-hee Suh, PhD candidate, Political Science

Joo-Hee Suh received her bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in international relations from Williams College in 2003 and her master’s degree in history of international relations from London School of Economics in 2005. Joo-Hee previously worked at the British Embassy Seoul as a political and media officer and most recently, at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland as a human rights officer. Her research interests include international relations, human rights, humanitarian intervention and transitional justice.

Dennis Sullivan, PhD candidate, Political Science

Dennis received his M.A. (International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Security Studies) from Boston College in 2008 and his B.A. (Political Science and East Asian Studies) from University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1989. His research interests include terrorism and counter-terrorism, democratic peace theory, intelligence and security studies, supranational government and governance, hard power/soft power balance, and social network analysis. His career experiences include the US Navy, Department of Homeland Security, several defense contractors, and a political risk consultancy. A veteran of deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, Dennis conducted a number of research projects while deployed to support operations, such as “Social Network Analysis of Insurgent Group Dynamics in Eastern Afghanistan” and “Tribal Structure Dynamics in Anbar Province, Iraq.” He also contributed analysis products to senior decision makers through contributions to the President’s Daily Briefing and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Daily Briefing. His current dissertation project researches conflict deterrence and conflict management vectors in the post-WWII globalized environment.

Chun-Yi Sum PhD candidate, Anthropology

Chun-Yi is interested in the civic consciousness and national identity of Chinese youth.  Her dissertation fieldwork takes place on a university campus in China, where she studies how participation in student organizations and extra-curricular activities affects young people’s moral identity and notion of citizenship.  Chun-Yi has previously conducted field studies in a Chinese diasporic community in the United States and a primary school in rural China.  Before starting graduate study at BU, she received her BA in sociology and anthropology at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She is also a freelance columnist for two Chinese newspapers in Hong Kong.

Taiyi Sun, PhD candidate, Political Science

Taiyi Sun received his B.A from Ripon College, WI, double majored in Politics & Government and Business Administration with a minor in Leadership studies, and M.A. in International Affairs from American University, Washington, D.C. Taiyi’s research focuses on hydro-politics, international political economy, and Chinese politics. He is currently a teaching fellow for intro to comparative politics.

Taiyi previously worked as the executive assistant and office manager for the Center for Asian Studies, AU. He is also actively involved in organizing citizen policy discussions/forums and is a resident at the Interactivity Foundation. Taiyi currently writes a column for the largest youth magazine in China and is also playing the first violin with the Boston Civic Symphony.

Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu, PhD candidate, Political Science

Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu received his MA and BA in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University, in Ankara. Ahmet Selim has been a research assistant with the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), an Ankara based think-tank since 2005. His doctoral research focuses on post- structural International Relations Theory, Middle East politics and the role of ethnic/ religious identities in international politics.

Kaoru “Kay” Ueda, PhD candidate, Archaeology

My primary research interest is early globalism in Asia. I conduct archaeological research at sites of Sultanate  of Banten (Bantam) in Indonesia (16c-early 19c))– a major international trading center and a target of Dutch political and economic encroachment. I focus on food and foodways through the paleoethnobotanical studies of food remains to gain an insight into the daily life of people involved in early globalism.

Jim Wallace, PhD candidate, Political Science

Jim Wallace is mid-career PhD candidate (ABD) with expertise in International Relations and Religion, Islamic Political Movements, and China. He previously earned a doctorate in theology from Samford University, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees from Baylor University, Southwestern Seminary, and Boston University. Jim is working on his PhD dissertation entitled, “Blowback of the Gods: The U.S. Government’s Covert Use of Religion as a Tool of Foreign Policy in the Early Cold War Years and Its Consequences.”

Jim is currently a Lecturer in BU’s Department of International Relations teaching courses on “International Relations and Religion” and “Religion and American Foreign Policy.” As well, he is a Fellow and Senior Research Associate with BU’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs and a Fellow in the BU School of Theology’s Religion Fellows Program. Jim is co-author of a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press, has two forthcoming articles in the Journal of Cold War Studies, and a feature article in Commonweal.

Previously, Jim worked in Canada for over 25 years as a clergyman as well as a senior policy advisor and speechwriter for several senior Canadian politicians and government ministers. He is founder and CEO of a global consultancy dealing with international affairs, culture and religion – Lacuna Group International.

Shixiong Wang, PhD candidate, Geography and Environment

Using geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing tools, Shixiong is looking at changes in land use and urbanization trends in Shanghai over the past decade as a basis for comparison with other rapidly urbanizing areas Xue, Yining PhD candidate, Archaeology Paleoethnobotanical research, Bronze Age China.

Oya Yegen, PhD candidate, Political Science

Oya Yegen received her BA in Social and Political Science from Sabanci University, Turkey. She entered the program in 2007 and passed her comprehensive exams in 2010. Her research interests include Latin American politics, civil-military relations, Turkish politics and human rights. Currently she is teaching at Simmons College and working on her dissertation.

Yurim Yi, PhD candidate, Political Science

Yurim Yi received her MA (Political Science, 2003) and BA (English Language & Literature/French Language & Literature, 2001) from Yonsei University, South Korea.  During her MA study, she received Brain Korea 21 scholarship from Korean government. She had finished her salaried internship for the North American Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Korea in 2005.  She had published three articles: “How to Negotiate with North Korea,” Asian Politics and Policy, Vol. 1, No. 4 (October/December 2009), “Security Dilemma & Signals Revolving Around the North Korean Nuclear Standoff”, with Yongho Kim, Asian Perspective, Vol.29, No.3 (Fall 2005) and “Offense-Defense Balance & Perception: On the Case of North Korean Nuclear Crises,” Korean Political Science Review, Vol. 38, No.1 (Spring 2004). She translated Getting to Yes in Korea written by Walter Clemens Jr. from English to Korean (Hanul Publisher: Seoul, 2011).

Moeed Yusuf, PhD Candidate, Political Science

Moeed W. Yusuf is the South Asia Adviser at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. C and is responsible for managing the Institute’s Pakistan program. Before joining USIP, Yusuf was a fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University, and concurrently a research fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center at Harvard Kennedy School. He has also been affiliated with the Brookings Institution as a special guest. In 2007, he co-founded Strategic and Economic Policy Research, a private sector consultancy firm in Pakistan. Yusuf has also consulted for a number of Pakistani and international organizations. From 2004-2007, he was a full-time consultant with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan’s premier development-sector think tank. He has also consulted for the United States Institute of Peace, the Brookings Institution, UNESCO, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Innovative Development Strategies, Sungi Development Foundation and Pugwash International.